December 21, 2009

Brewing is Back on da' North Side

Tom Pastorius has offered a cordial invitation to the public to partake in the first batch of Penn Pilsner of "the new era" at Penn Brewery.

Details:

Wednesday, Dec. 30
4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Penn Brewery
800 Vinial St.
Da' North Side

Pastorius has said he'd like to expand their offerings a bit, possibly offering some "American-style" beers. I'm not sure what that means, exactly. I hope it doesn't mean macro-brew King of Beers/Less-Filling Tastes Great type brews. Rather, I hope that he means, among other things, hop-infused pale ales that are favored by many U.S. microbreweries, even if their origins are not necessarily American.

Either way, this is a great thing to see for this city and for beer. Hopefully the risk Mr. Pastorius is taking will pay off. The challenge, in many respects, will be to win patrons from -- or back from -- Hofbrahaus, which, from my experience, is doing quite well. That will indeed be a significant hurdle.

Good luck, fellas. Welcome back.

6 comments:

Troy said...

The Hofbräuhaus may be doing well, but the quality of the food there is very sub-par.

I look forward to a meal at Penn Brewery, and also look forward to drinking my favorite of their brews, the Weizen Bock.

Fillippelli the (Wannabe) Cook said...

I am looking forward to it, as well. Hoping to take the family down on the 30th. Also hoping that they will lighten up the menu a little. I really like authentic German food, but the sheer quantity and heft of what was offered on the previous menu was a bit much. Always left feeling like I had to be rolled out. Of course, could just eat less, but when it's all there in front of you...

Troy said...

I don't think there will be menu food available on the 30th, just light snacks, according to the invitation . . .

http://www.pennbrew.com/Fans/invitation123009.html

Corey said...
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Corey said...

They could always make an altbier, or a kölsch, or a dopplebock, or a schwarzbier. Although maybe they should start with an oktoberfest/märzen that actually tastes good!

Fillippelli the (Wannabe) Cook said...

Personally, I don't like Oktoberfest beers. They're always boring. Penn's pilsner is good, but my favorite is the hefeweizen. Generally, though, I'm not a huge fan of German-style beers. Guess I'm just too much of a hop-head.